Text: Psalm 63:1-11
“The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.”
Isaiah 50:4 NKJV
E.M. Bounds, a firebrand preacher and attested prayer warrior of the nineteenth century wrote, “The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day. Early morning hours are special times both in the natural and in the spiritual realms. God wants us to pattern our lives after Jesus, our Example and Model. In spite of His busy schedule, He always started His day in prayer with His Father (Mark 1:35).
Anytime you miss your quiet time in the morning, you lose the opportunity to receive divine directions for the day. The journey of the day needs a divine compass to navigate you through and wisdom for each challenge. “…. He wakes me up in the morning, wakes me up, opens my ears to listen as one ready to take orders. The Master, God, opened my ears, and I didn’t go back to sleep, didn’t pull the covers back over my head.” (Isa 50:4 MSG). Don’t miss the orders that He wants to give you in the morning by rushing out without waiting on Him (Isa 30:15).
Also, anytime you miss your quiet time, you give opportunity for the devil to control your day and to fill it with evils (Matt 6:34). You miss the opportunity to order your day in line with God’s purpose for your life when you allow busyness to displace your early morning communion with God. Your quiet time is an opportunity to unlock the door of your day (Job 38:12). The great reformer, Martin Luther’s victory over human and demonic oppositions was traced to his early hours of prayer. He said, “If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.”
Friends, don’t miss the freshness of the day and the orders God wants to give you for the day. The journey of life is too complex to set out without direction. Your victory is not won during the day but in the morning before you set out for the day’s activities.
1. Father, please let me never miss the freshness and opportunities of each day by neglecting communion with You in the morning in Jesus name.
2. Father, please cause me to love Your presence and to prioritize my quiet time above any other pursuits in Jesus name.
1. I don’t fritter away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God.
2. I unlock my day and order it in line with God’s will during my early morning communion with God.